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The list below is an archive of all news articles and press releases related to Lawrence County Memorial Hospital or major events that concern us. The most recent is listed first.

Lawrence County Memorial Hospital

December 14, 2017

Lawrence County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Robbins, who will be assuming his duties, as Chief Executive Officer on January 2, 2018.  A national recruitment effort was conducted by Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the hospital's management consulting firm, to secure candidates for the vacant CEO position.  After the initial candidate vetting process was completed by QHR at their corporate offices in Franklin Tennessee, successful applicants were interviewed by the Hospital Board to complete the selection process. 

Robbins is a Healthcare operations executive with 23 years of progressive healthcare administration leadership. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and began his career as an allied healthcare practitioner working in clinical therapy and sport's medicine. He then earned his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University.  Don has had a diverse background working in hospitals, free standing orthopedic facilities, surgical centers and multi-site healthcare management locations. Most recently, he worked in the field of Dialysis serving as a Regional Operations Director. 

Robbins is a native of Sesser Illinois. He and his wife Penny have three children Peyton, Presley, and Parker.  Penny is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner specializing in Disney vacations. Robbins says, "My family currently lives near Benton Illinois and is very excited to become residents of Lawrence County. We look forward to serving the community and hospital."  Their family enjoys traveling and visiting historical locations.  They also like spending time at Walt Disney World since both of their daughters currently work there.  Their son Parker is currently attending Rend Lake College and plans to pursue a career in Engineering.  They will be relocating to the Lawrenceville area in the near future. 

He is excited about his new role as CEO.  “My primary focus is to work diligently every day to find new ways to improve the services offered to our patients in the Lawrence County area and to work collaboratively with all hospital staff, the hospital board, and the community in order to improve our healthcare outcomes.  I look forward to getting to know everyone in the community and am grateful for this opportunity.”

Carl Aten, Hospital Board Chairman, states:  "We believe Don is highly qualified for our CEO position.  Our Board sees his diverse professional background as an asset in managing the Hospital.  As a native of Southern Illinois Don, and his family, will be a natural fit in the community.  During the past several years our Hospital has achieved a high level of quality patient care and greatly expanded the medical services being offered to patients. We expect even more family practice and specialized medical services will be added to the Hospital.  Under Don's guidance I believe the Hospital will be more visible in the community and improve the community awareness of the medical services and resources which are available."  

Concerns, Complaints, or Grievances?

It is Lawrence County Memorial's policy to provide an effective and timely process for all patients, family members, and visitors to voice concerns, complaints, or grievances. Your comfort, satisfaction, and safety are very important to us and we hope to meet all of your needs while at our facility. However, if you or any of your family members have any concern, please let us know by calling our Risk Manager at 618-943-7258.

We encourage you to immediately address all concerns with us so that we may promptly resolve the matter; however, you also have the right to contact the Illinois Foundation for Quality Health Care at 800-647-8089.

2018 Food Service Sanitation Managers Course

February 15th
April 12th
June 14th
August 16th
October 8th
December 6th

8:00 A.M.—4:30 P.M. (1/2 hour lunch)

Cost is $85 which includes class materials and exam. 

Conference Room---Primary Care Clinic
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital

2111 Lexington Ave.

Instructor: Madonna Boehl, RD LDN, Dietary Consultant

For questions and/or to register: Contact instructor/call 618-592-4345 or 618-562-3556 OR email at:  mboehlconsulting@gmail.com . You may also leave name & number with Lawrence County Memorial Hospital Food & Nutrition Department at 943-7234


Volunteers are an important element within Lawrence County Memorial Hospital. While providing community services, volunteers often touch the lives of others during difficult times.

There are many opportunities for you to use your special skills and abilities while experiencing new and exciting challenges. Volunteers meet new friends and learn first-hand about the care the Health System provides to the communities it serves.

For information about becoming a volunteer at LCMH, please contact us at 943-1000.

To become a volunteer, fill out an application at the hospital.

Once your application is processed, a hospital representative will contact you with information about opportunities available based on your schedule and interests.

Proxy Medical Consent Form

A Proxy Medical Consent Form should be completed and a copy left with anyone, other than the parents, who are caring for children under 18.
Examples would be:
  • Parents are going out of town for the weekend and the children are staying with grandparents.
  • Parents are going out of town and leaving children with a sibling who is over 18 years of age.
By signing, and having a witness sign, you authorize those persons listed in the permission section to have your children treated, and you realize that you will be billed for the services.

It is always important to have medical history, including allergies, when treatment is needed.

To access the form for printing, click here.

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Update

Several factors have influenced LCMH's decision to transition from paper to electronic health records (EHR). Most of these factors have emerged from federal requirements. The purpose of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 was to encourage the adoption of EHR and infuse stimulus dollars into the healthcare sector. Part of the ARRA is the Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act which requires that providers electronically submit data on clinical quality to the federal government.

Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule of minimum requirements (Meaningful Use) needed to qualify for incentive payments. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued the standards and certification criteria to ensure systems perform the required functions.

Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments are available to Critical Access Hospitals who demonstrate Meaningful Use of EHR technology. Likewise, there are payment penalties for those who are not certified meaningful users by 2015.

LCMH reached the first stage of these federally mandated levels. Great efforts to complete this process in a timely manner in order to receive incentive payments and prevent revenue loss from payment penalties.

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